Men's LAX rallies for first win

Men's LAX rallies for first win

MONMOUTH, Ill. -- It was a win for the ages.

Matt Wernerspach's double-overtime goal gave the Heidelberg University men's lacrosse team their first-ever victory. The Student Princes rallied from large deficits to beat Monmouth College, 11-10.

"This is a big step for the program," said head coach Bill Schmoldt. "The team made mistakes that are part of being a young team and fell behind ... but our guys believed they could win and stepped up to make it happen."

Wernerspach tallied a game-high four goals on the evening. Nick Selfridge added three while Elijah Haire had two goals. Patrick McCarthy and Dylan Roth each contributed two assists.

Heidelberg improved to 1-2 on the season and Monmouth dropped to 2-3.

The Student Princes dug themselves a big first-quarter hole, falling behind 4-0. Wernerspach helped The Berg climb back into the game with a pair of goals late in the first quarter.

Haire opened the scoring in the second quarter before Selfridge tied the game with a goal at the 12:01 mark of the second.

Monmouth answered with two goal before the midway point of the quarter.

Undaunted, the Student Princes would battle back. Haire's second goal of the game and Barry Middleton's first collegiate goal were sandwiched around another Monmouth goal before the intermission.

Down 7-6 at halftime, Heidelberg allowed a man-up goal to Monmouth midway through the third. Wernerspach tallied his third goal of the game with a man up, making the score 8-7 through three quarters.

Monmouth scored twice to open the fourth quarter, at 13:22 and 10:24.

Trailing by three, Heidelberg responded with an Owen Carter goal 19 seconds later.

Selfridge got HU to within one at the 5:33 off a feed from Roth.

With 1:27 to play, Selfridge scored an unassisted goal -- his 12th of the season -- to tie the game at 10. Neither team was able to find the net in the final 87 seconds, sending Heidelberg to overtime for the second time in three games.

A mere 42 seconds into the second overtime, Wernerspach took a pass from McCarthy and scored. The captain's goal secured the program's first win, touching off an on-field mobbing.

Max Rennillo (1-2) earned his first victory at Heidelberg, making five saves on 15 shots.

Defensively, Chris Storrs and Ryan Sinnema had seven ground balls. Storrs tallied a team-high two caused turnovers.

"The stat lines were even and our defense held up well," said Schmoldt. "The biggest difference was Nick Selfridge winning 17 of 23 draws at the faceoff X."

Heidelberg's spring break trip continues this weekend as the team visits Kalamazoo College (1-2). Gametime on Friday is slated for 7 p.m.